Speakers at a press conference on Friday said the number of diabetic patients is increasing alarmingly in the country because of mental stress, smoking and growing habit of taking junk and rich food and physical inactivity.
Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) and WHO also projected that the country has now 84 lakh (8.4 million) diabetic patients, they opined.
Novo Nordisk in association with DAB organised the press conference in the capital. Novo Nordisk in partnership with DAB and Padma Textiles Ltd has launched a countrywide massive awareness building activity as a part of observance the World Diabetes Day on November 14.
Addressing the press conference, Danish Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther said as a global leader in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk has a responsibility to go beyond medicine and to minimise the gap between the people who are in need of insulin and those who receive it.
Commemorating the event, the ambassador also said the government should stand by the patients living with diabetes by ensuring access to innovative products so that healthcare companies like Novo Nordisk can continue more awareness raising activities.
Prof Dr AK Azad Khan, president of DAB, said diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body cannot produce enough or effective insulin. And ‘Insulin’ is a hormone produced by the pancreas (a human organ) that allows glucose from food to enter the body’s cells where it is converted into energy needed by muscles and tissues to function.
“We believe that awareness and education are the main drivers to defeat the pandemic disease,” said Anand Shetty, Managing Director of Novo Nordisk.
C Sundara Pandian, Chief Financial Officer, Padma Textiles Ltd, and Jacob Kahl Jepsen, Commercial Counsellor, Danish Embassy, were also present on the occasion.